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Fantasy Baseball Opener: Ronel Blanco, Alec Marsh, Cody Bradford, Tyler O’Neill

Fantasy Baseball Opener: Ronel Blanco, Alec Marsh, Cody Bradford, Tyler O’Neill

Greetings, friends. We’re back after a ROUGH weekend of injuries. We already had a tough run-up to the beginning of the season, and the weekend brought more of them in a big way. Spencer Strider could be headed for Tommy John surgery. Shane Bieber IS headed for surgery. Trevor Story might be out for the year with a shoulder injury. Luis Robert. Eloy Jimenez. We’re going to be without Josh Jung for at least two months. And we’re only into the first week of April. Let’s take a look at the rest of the news and notes around baseball with today’s Fantasy Baseball Opener.

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Tyler O’Neill is off to a hot start with the Red Sox. He hit three more home runs this weekend to give him five already on the season. Through nine games, he’s batting .357 with 5 HR, 5 RBI (all solo shots!), 12 runs scored, and 1 SB. And while we’re talking about incredibly small sample sizes here, it’s worth noting his walk rate is an absurd 18.9%, his hard hit rate is north of 40%, and his strikeout rate is down to 16.2%. Is it sustainable? Probably not. At least not at those rates. But he is available in more than 20% of Yahoo leagues and nearly 70% (!!!) of ESPN leagues.

Ronel Blanco followed up his no-hitter in his first start of the season with six one-hit shutout innings in a win over the Rangers on Sunday. Through two starts: 15 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 11 K, 0.47 WHIP. I still think Blanco is a sell-high candidate, especially if you are fortunate to have some pitching depth. But it is hard to ignore the early results, especially with all of the injuries to pitchers around the league. This appears to be a direct result of incorporating and leaning on a new changeup. We’ll see if it sticks, but he seems to have found something here in the early going.

I took a look at my Fantrax leagues this morning. Here are the players who have been added the most over the past week:

And here are the players who have been dropped the most over the past week:

Alec Marsh makes the above list more due to his first start than his second, but his second wasn’t terrible. After tossing seven two-hit, one-run innings in a win over the Orioles to start the year, he allowed three earned runs over 4 2/3 IP in a no-decision against the White Sox. I’m not the biggest Marsh believer, but he’s available everywhere. If you need a warm body for some innings, there are worse players to roster.

Cody Bradford has a 2.13 ERA, 0.47 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts over 12 2/3 IP to start the season, and he matches up against the A’s this week. His numbers last season weren’t great, and his numbers throughout the minors have been closer to meh than good. But again, if you need some pitching…

Fun!

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